Ebola resurfaces in Liberia

MONROVIA. — Liberia confirmed a third Ebola case yesterday, nearly two months after it was declared Ebola free, and officials said they were investigating whether the disease had managed to lurk in a...
Denis Sassou Nguesso

Nguesso mum

BRAZZAVILLE. — The president of the Congo Republic has called for a national dialogue, one subject of which would be potential constitutional changes that would allow him to stand next year for a thi...

Tanzania relocates flood victims

DAR ES SALAAM. — Since April, a spate of heavy downpours has been pounding Dar es Salaam, leaving dozens dead and thousands homeless, and wreaking havoc with the fragile city’s infrastructure.
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Nigerians speak on same-sex marriage

LAGOS. — Nigerians have joined the ongoing international debate around the emotive issue of same-sex marriage, with a majority that spoke to this publication opposed to the issue.
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Sadc deploys Ramaphosa to Lesotho

JOHANNESBURG. — Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been urgently sent to Lesotho to consult with Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili following fears of more political instability in the country.
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Burundi vote counting finishes

BUJUMBURA. — Burundi election officials finished vote-counting yesterday, a day after internationally condemned polls boycotted by the opposition, with the ruling party expected to win a sweeping vic...
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AU refuses to observe Burundi polls

ADDIS ABABA. — Voting in Burundi’s controversial elections opened yesterday despite a string of grenade attacks on polling stations, the latest in weeks of violence sparked by the president’s defiant...
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Mozambique decriminalises homosexuality

MAPUTO. — Mozambique decriminalised homosexuality yesterday when a new penal code came into force that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws, in a victory for campaigners for gay rights in Africa.

Two Tanzanians held in terror crackdown

NAIROBI. — Kenyan security agents have arrested two Tanzanians at Isibania on the Kenya-Tanzania border as they attempted to recruit Kenyan women into Al-Shabaab, the Interior Ministry said on Saturd...

Daytime Ebola curfew for Sierra Leone

FREETOWN. — Sierra Leone has declared a daytime curfew to stop the resurgence of the Ebola virus in its northwestern districts. Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said on television that he w...

Beach attack leaves 40 dead

TUNIS. — At least 37 people, mostly foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels in the Tunisian resort town of Sousse, according to the interior ministry.

9 get death sentence for blasphemy

KANO. — An Islamic court has sentenced nine people to death for insulting the Prophet Muhammad in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. The accused, who were all Muslims, had pleaded guilty, the head o...